Movin on UP

Three cadets holding colors

Just like that 70’s sitcom The Jefferson’s song declares, “Took a whole lot of tryin’ to get up that hill.  Now we’re up in the big leagues.  Gettin our turn at bat.”  MMA continues movin on up in the important realm of college ranking. They are holding the attention and respect of the statistic scorekeepers who help high school grads decide their future educational fate.

According to the MMA Office of Institutional Effectiveness, 81% of Academy grads are employed in the civilian sector, military service or are pursuing further education or volunteer opportunities.  Ninety-eight percent are employed in a field related to their degree and the average starting salary is $61K.

Money Magazine, published by Time, Inc., is one of the most prominent to update their annual stats in this arena. In the 2017-2018 Best College Rankings the Academy comes in at number 26, nationally, an advance of 17 steps. It is up six places and holds 15th place in the “50 Best Public Colleges”.  Also up six places, the Academy is now ranked number 4 in the “50 Best Colleges You Can Actually Get Into.”  Money Magazine compiles their rankings based on educational quality, affordability and alumni success.

Another interesting stat, posted by the 2017 Washington Monthly Rankings put the Academy at number 3 for Best Bang for the Buck, Northeast, (after Harvard and Amherst College) and at number 54 National Universities (Master’s level institution).  According to Washington Monthly, they rate schools based on what they are doing for the country rather than on “crude and easily manipulated measures of wealth, exclusivity, and prestige. 

As Mark Twain once said, “Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.” So the often bewildered high school senior and their family are forced to pay attention to the latest trending stats – the ones gathered by the experts.  Frequently, they are collected using different criteria, but to date, they are the best indicators we have for understanding the data needed to make the right choice.  For a more compressive collection of the current facts see: Institutional Effectiveness